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Madrid: May 28, 1699.
Rare elaborately illuminated nobility diploma signed by King Charles II of Spain, appointing Don Martin Damian Mendizabal the title of Marquis of Torre Gines. Quarto, bound in full red contemporary velvet covered boards with two metal clasps, containing five illuminated leaves, two fully illuminated in color with the Royal coat of arms and portrait of King Charles II, text in Spanish. Signed by King Charles II, “Yo el Rey” and additionally signed by several Royal secretaries. Bound with a printed manuscript of the Oath of Fidelity to the King of Spain with Royal stamps dated 1701 and with two autograph letters laid in, the first dated September 17, 1701 and signed by Philip V, and the second addressed to the Marquis. Exceptionally rare.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 107920
Rare Civil War era carte-de-visite portrait of General Robert E. Lee in uniform, boldly signed “RE Lee”. In fine condition. Quadruple matted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $8,800.00 Item Number: 103675
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Judge Carl Wahlstrom with high esteem John Kennedy,” Inscription to the recipient, bookplate of Judge Wahlstrom to the front pastedown, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
Price: $7,800.00 Item Number: 107643
New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1956.
First edition, early printing of Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work. Octavo, original half cloth, with eight pages of black-and-white photogravures. Foreword by Allan Nevins. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Chisholm Best wishes John Kennedy.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Jacket design by Phil Grushkin.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 110982
"Mr. Gorbachev Tear Down this Wall": First Edition of Ronald Reagan: The Wisdom and Humor of the Great Communicator; Inscribed by Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev
San Francisco: Collins Publishers, 1995.
First edition of this compilation of speeches from the 40th President of the United States. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by Reagan on the half-title page, “To Jeannie Happy Birthday and Best Wishes Always Ronald Reagan.” Additionally signed by Mikhail Gorbachev on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Frederick J. Ryan, Jr. Rare and desirable signed by these two heads of states.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 103645
"Thus we end where we began. We must get our own house in order. We must because it is right. We must because it is might": First Edition of Robert Kennedy's The Pursuit of Justice; Lengthily Inscribed by Him
New York: Harper and Row, Publishers, 1964.
First edition of this collection of speeches delivered by Kennedy while he was Attorney General. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Phil, At least you weren’t in my bathroom when I got up this morning from his friend Bob Kennedy.” The recipient Philip Scheffler began working for the CBS Corporation, first as a copy boy for a news program, and then for “CBS Evening News”, as a writer, reporter, and editor, in 1951. In 1964, Scheffler began to produce documentaries and special news broadcasts. He was appointed producer of “60 Minutes” in 1971, and later promoted to senior producer in 1980. The newscasts Scheffler produced have received several awards, including the Emmy, Peabody, and Columbia-duPont awards. Individually, Scheffler has received the Alumni Award from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (1981) and the Townshend Harris Medal, awarded by the City College of New York (1997) for post-graduate achievement. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Anita Scott. Edited by Theodore J. Lowi.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 106732
Photograph of Presidents Herbert Hoover & Harry S. Truman, signed by both Presidents. Double matted and framed, the entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 9.5 inches. Rare and desirable signed by both Hoover and Truman.
Price: $2,600.00 Item Number: 102878
ROYAL CHRISTMAS CARD INSCRIBED BY PRINCESS DIANA; WITH AN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE TWO YOUNG PRINCES WILLIAM AND HARRY
Royal 1992 Christmas card bearing two gilt royal seals to the front panel and an original black and white photograph of the young Princes William and Harry. Boldly inscribed by Diana, “To Jon Ali, love from the four of us, Diana.” In fine condition. The card measures 12 inches by 8 inches.
Price: $1,650.00 Item Number: 103875
"The greatest Lady of This Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed": First Edition of Ojike's My Africa; Inscribed by Him to Eleanor Roosevelt
New York: The John Day Company, 1946.
First edition of this work by the Nigerian novelist and nationalist, inscribed by him to Eleanor Roosevelt. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Eleanor Roosevelt The greatest Lady of this Century in whom Africa has found a friend in deed. Mbonu Ojike.” Bookplate of Eleanor Roosevelt, near fine in a very good dust jacket. Introduction by Pearl S. Buck. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 102465
"If it should occur that men of other creeds and different nationalities come to live amongst us, we should accord them honorable protection and equality before the law": First Edition of De Haas' Theodor Herzl: A Biographical Study; Inscribed by Him
Chicago/ New York: The Leonard Company, 1927.
First edition of this Herzl biography by the British-born Jewish journalist and an early leader of the Zionist movement in the United States. Octavo, 2 volumes, original cloth, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication on the half-title page, “To my friend Louis Karasik Jacob de Haas Oct ’27.” Fine in very good to near fine dust jackets. With sixty illustrations, index, chronological table, appendices and bibliography. Rare and desirable signed by de Haas.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 106211
"No man of integrity can live constantly in the majority": First Edition of Booth Mooney's The Lyndon Johnson Story; lengthily inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson
New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1956.
First edition of Booth Mooney’s biography of Lyndon B. Johnson. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with photographs. Presentation copy, inscribed by Lyndon B. Johnson on the front free endpaper, “To Mrs. Joney McCollum, a dear and great lady with my love and admiration Lyndon B. Johnson.” Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 104963
Ames, Iowa: The Iowa State College Press, 1954.
First edition of “Ding” Darling’s editorial cartoons regarding President Hoover. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hoover on the front free endpaper, “To Mr. and Mrs. Ken Browne the good wishes of Herbert Hoover.” Additionally inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “To the Ken Brownes With warm appreciation of friendship and kindred association over many years to you and all those who like Hoover hold high respect for the responsibilities of good citizenship in practice as well as idealism. Sincerely Jay N. Darling Ding.” Edited by John M. Henry. Introduction by W.W. Waymack. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 102472
“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all": Signed Photograph of Jawaharlal Nehru
Signed photograph of the first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Signed and dated by Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru 1957.” Accompanied by the original typed transmittal letter signed by Nehru, dated 21st June 1957 , and addressed to Mr. Tore Johansen which reads, ‘Dear friend, I have received you letter of the 20th June 1957 for which I thank you. I am sending you a photograph of mine. With all good wishes to you, “Yours sincerely Jawaharlal Nehru.”‘ In fine condition. The photograph measures 5.5 inches by 4.75 inches.
Price: $1,200.00 Item Number: 104620
“THE ONLY THING NEW IN THIS WORLD IS THE HISTORY THAT YOU DON'T KNOW”: President Trumans Mr. Citizen; Inscribed by Him
New York: Bernard Geis, 1960.
First edition, early printing of this collection of articles written by President Truman after leaving the White House. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title page, “To Theodore R Racoosin from Harry Truman Kind regards.” The recipient, Theodore Racoosin was a noted Jewish leader, who was active in many major undertakings for Israel in the United States. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,150.00 Item Number: 111871
"It is true we have won all our wars, but we have paid for them": First Edition of Golda Meir: Woman With A Cause; Signed by Golda Meir
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1963.
First edition of this authorized biography of Golda Meir. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Signed by Golda Meir on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed by Golda Meir.
Price: $600.00 Item Number: 104544
"In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting": First Edition of Richard Nixon's Seize the Moment; Signed by Him and from the library of his former Speechwriter Bill Safire
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992.
First edition of Nixon’s critically praised assessment of American foreign policy. Octavo, original half cloth. Association copy, signed by Richard Nixon on the flyleaf and from the personal library of his former speechwriter William Safire with a photocopy of the original letter in which Nixon presents a page of proofs to Safire dated 11-11-91 which reads in full, “Dear Bill, I am enclosing the page proofs of my new book which will come out in the last week of December. In view of recent developments in the international front you may find the chapters in The Former Evil Empire and the Muslim World particularly interesting – Regards – RMN.” William Safire was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew until joining the New York Times as a political commentator in 1973. Soon after joining the times, Safire learned that he was the target of wiretaps authorized by Nixon, which he wrote about with “restrained fury” in his August 9, 1973 column, “The Suspicious 17.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. With Nixon’s card business card paper-clipped to the front free endpaper. Jacket design by Robert Anthony. An exceptional association copy.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 103263
New York: The Viking Press, 1950.
First edition of this work regarding the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Signed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on the half-title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Hallock. With the complete text of Sara Delano Roosevelt’s Household Book.
Price: $475.00 Item Number: 103759
First Edition of Sandra Day O'Connor's The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice; Inscribed by Her in the Year of Publication
New York: Random House, 2003.
First edition of this work which reveals what Justice O’Connor learned and believes about American law and life, insights gleaned over her years as one of the most powerful and inspiring women in American history. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Bonnie and Norman with good wishes Sandra O’Connor 5/03.” The recipients were friends of the O’Connor’s in Washington. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Edited by Craig Joyce. Jacket design by Allison Saltzman. Jacket photograph by Annie Liebovitz.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 112332
First Edition of The New York Idea: An Experiment in Democracy; inscribed by Mario Cuomo to William Safire
New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1994.
First edition of the 52nd Governor of New York’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, cartographic endpapers. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the dedication page, “To Bill Safire, One of our proud hoasts [sic] (but isn’t there something wrong with that grammatically? Mario 1994.” The recipient, William Safire, was an important American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He joined Nixon’s campaign for the 1960 Presidential race, and again in 1968. After Nixon’s 1968 victory, Safire served as a speechwriter for him and Spiro Agnew. He authored several political columns in addition to his weekly column “On Language” in The New York Times Magazine from 1979 until the month of his death and authored two books on grammar and linguistics: The New Language of Politics (1968) and what Zimmer called Safire’s “magnum opus,” Safire’s Political Dictionary. Safire later served as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board from 1995 to 2004 and in 2006 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter A. Davis. Author photograph by Don Pollard.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 103423